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Making Time To Give Back

Being in an MBA program from a top-ranked school while pursuing a career adds complexity to your life — there is no getting around that. Time management becomes more important than ever, and maintaining balance while you juggle schoolwork, your career and your personal life becomes more challenging.

Student Ambassador Q&A with Louis Chen

To help you get to know our students better, we are starting a new student ambassador Q&A series. In the first of the series, we caught up with Louis Chen (MBA ’14).

Student Voices: The Carolina Way

Legendary UNC-Chapel Hill basketball coach Dean Smith first coined the words “The Carolina Way” to reflect the spirit of the university. The Carolina Way means something slightly different to every Carolina student and alum, but underpinning every definition is a belief in excellence. This excellence drew me to Carolina as both an undergrad and graduate student, and it’s what attracts so many students from around the world.

Student Voices: How I Landed My Dream Job through MBA@UNC

I decided to pursue an MBA because my responsibilities and oversight in the IT project management arena escalated, as did the necessity for integrating other functions across the business. I sought the managerial competence to ensure our technology priorities met the far-reaching needs of the organization as a whole. While I felt highly confident within the confines of my IT world, I lacked the business knowledge to advocate effectively at a broader, visionary level.

Real-Time Professional Applications for Business Lessons Learned From MBA@UNC

I chose an MBA from UNC over an M.S. in real estate because of (1) the attraction to a top-tier business school that is known for its real estate concentration; and (2) the ability to be a part of an innovative program that will likely shape the way education is delivered in the future. The MBA@UNC program has proven an integral solution to modern education and these particular courses are applicable to my career. Let me give you a few specific examples to put this into perspective.

A Professional’s Case for the Online MBA

As I began the MBA@UNC program, I received questions from colleagues, friends and mentors. They had a lot of interest in the online format, the integrity of the degree, and the time and financial commitment. When they asked why I picked MBA@UNC, my answer was, “I would have liked to quit my job and go to Stanford full time, but that just wasn’t a reality, so I picked the best school that had the accessibility I needed.”